Christine Neumann-Ortiz

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Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, during a 2012 news conference regarding Arizona's controversial immigration law.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz

Transition Team

In 2018 Tony Evers' Next Generation Workforce and Economic Development Policy Advisory Council included Terry McGowan, president and business manager of Local 139 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, joins fellow big labor leaders Dean Warsh, IBEW Local 494, Stephanie Bloomingdale, AFL-CIO, Bruce Colburn, SEIU, Kim Kohlhaas, AFT-Wisconsin, and Peter Rickman, Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization, on the committee advising Evers.

Also on the committee, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, leader of the radical left immigration advocacy group Voces De La Frontera, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Law and Sociology professor Joel Rogers, who also directs the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS).

Rogers will serve alongside Jason Rae, the founder and CEO of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Rae also serves as secretary of the Democratic National Committee. He is a partner at Madison-based Nation Consulting, the political consulting firm that advocates for far-left policies and politicians. [1]

Milwaukee comrades

January 15, 2020 Milwaukee, WI – As President Donald Trump took the stage at the UW-Milwaukee Panthers Arena on the evening of January 14, over 2000 rallied and marched against his visit and his reactionary agenda. The action was led by the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, a growing group of nearly 20 organizations that has come together to march and protest at the Democratic Convention which will be in Milwaukee this summer.

Omar Flores, a leader with the coalition, served as the press representative for the action and also spoke at the rally before the mass march. Afterward, he explained why the Coalition to March on the DNC organized the demonstration against Trump.

“Trump is the ruling class with their mask torn off. He is the most honest expression of our class enemy in all their infamy,” Kellie Lutz, a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, said. “He is an enemy of working class and oppressed people everywhere, and he must be defeated!”

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, a major immigrant rights organization, spoke about the importance of united front against Trump and his administration, which has continued to attack and illegally imprison immigrants.

Lauryn Cross, a young activist from the Youth Climate Action Team, spoke about fighting against the destruction Trump and the rich have caused for our planet. She was joined by many other young fighters, including those of UW-Parkside Students for a Democratic Society.[2]

Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011

Christine Neumann-Ortiz was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, [3]

Meeting on Community Organizing

A "Meeting on Community Organizing, Civic Participation & Racial Justice" - organized by the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity December 2011, Washington, DC.


2012 May Day immigration march

Thousands carrying signs that said "Stop Ripping Families Apart" and "Education not Deportation" paraded Sunday from Milwaukee's south side through downtown and on to Veterans Park at the lakefront for the 2012 May Day march for immigrant rights.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, the immigrant and low-wage worker group that organized the marches, said although the turnout was not as strong as in other years, it was still large and "that shows the consciousness and sends a message on the issues we're fighting for."

The focus of the May Day march centered on the U.S. Supreme's Court's consideration of Arizona SB 1070.

Bruce Colburn of the state AFL-CIO told the crowd: "We are one, whether we are fighting Arizona's anti-immigrant law or Wisconsin's union-busting law. We are one family."

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), one of the most outspoken proponents of immigration reform in Congress, told the marchers that the push for immigration reform must continue.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) told the crowd she continues to work for passage of the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow those who were brought here as children by their parents and who graduate from state high schools to pay in-state tuition in college.[5]

CCC award

Since 2005, the Center for Community Change has "recognized some of our nation’s top community leaders for advancing the cause of social justice, with a particular impact on the lives of low-income people and people of color. CCC’s Community Change Champion Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who are our heroes in the social justice movement".[6]

In 2011, awardees were;

2016 Anti-Trump Protest

At an anti-trump protest in March 2016 at a Holiday Inn in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ortiz was quoted by ThinkProgress as saying “We need to demonstrate that we totally reject the kind of hate that he’s promoting,” she said. “He’s not just a dangerous candidate, he’s promoting the growth of a social movement based on far-right, white supremacist ideas.”[7]

Fighting Bob Fest

Fighting Bob Fest speakers 2018: Jim Hightower, Randy Bryce, Mandela Barnes, John Nichols, Rep. Chris Taylor, Sarah Godlewski, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Ruth Conniff, Will Durst, Karin Wolf, Kim Wright, Paula Bezark, Lauren Peterson, Raging Grannies, Danny Chicago, Norman Stockwell.